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Living With Mental Illness with Leslie Carol Botha

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Living With Mental Illness with Leslie Carol Botha

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My name is Laurie Pinard, and I live with mental illness.

Laurie Pinard is a 44-year-old woman who has fought her way back to health from the edge of darkness and despair. She lost everything she had, and she nearly lost her life. Laurie now dedicates her life to giving hope to anyone who suffers from mental illness with the message that it is possible to get well and lead a fulfilling, productive life.

Throughout young adulthood, Laurie struggled to understand the dramatic highs and lows of her emotions, and it was not until her early forties that she received the correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She sought help in the form of psychiatry, nutritional supplements, exercise and diet because medications never worked for her. Through this multifaceted support system, Laurie found a strength and resolve she never knew she had. It was a new found sense of hope that pushed Laurie to finally share her story with the world in 2011. Today, Laurie shares her story on Holy Hormones Honey!  Tune in live at 9 am PT on October 3rd or on demand anytime. 

Guest Bio

Laurie is an exercise enthusiast and running instructor living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In 2012, Laurie was chosen as one of five individuals representing Canadians in the Faces Campaign by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. This national campaign highlights awareness about mental health issues. Laurie then became a spokesperson for Bell Media’s Let’s Talk Campaign in 2013 to educate the country on reducing stigma surrounding mental illness. Laurie has appeared in every national newspaper publication in Canada and on national television to talk about her story and encourage others to take ownership of their illness and seek the help they need. Laurie represents self-determination, resiliency, and hope; she speaks nationally about her story of battling back from mental illness and lets people know it is possible to reach recovery and live a healthy, fulfilling life.

 

Leslie Carol Botha

Leslie Carol Botha, host of Holy Hormones on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, is a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.

Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how women’s hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.

Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”

Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.

The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free BY LESLIE CAROL BOTHA

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The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free BY LESLIE CAROL BOTHA

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Do you need caffeine or sugar to help you wake up and/or get through the day?  Do you turn to alcohol or other substances to help you relax and unwind?  Do you hide how much you eat, drink, or smoke? Are concerned about your current dependence on antidepressant or other mood-altering medications? Have you been in recovery, but still have cravings?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then listen to Dr. Hyla Cass share information from her e-book The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free. All too often people with addictive behaviors are subject to judgments from family and friends.  But no one judges them more than the negative messages they give themselves.

Dr. Cass will explain that your addiction is not because you are a “weak” or “bad” person – it is because your brain chemistry is out of balance. She will share how the correct combination of healthy diet and specific nutritional supplements can correct these problems so you can reclaim your happiness and well being.  Tune in September 26th, to Holy Hormones Honey! at 9 am PT for the show!

 

Guest Bio:

Hyla Cass M.D. Nationally acclaimed innovator and expert in the fields of integrative medicine, psychiatry, and addiction recovery, Dr. Cass helps individuals withdraw from psychiatric medication and substances of abuse with the aid of targeted nutritional supplements. She has appeared on Dr. Oz , E! Entertainment, and The View, and blogs for the Huffington Post. Dr. Cass is the author of: Natural Highs, 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition, and her eBook, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free.

Dr. Cass graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM).  For more information, visit www.cassmd.com. 

 

Leslie Carol Botha

Leslie Carol Botha, host of Holy Hormones on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, is a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.

Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how women’s hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.

Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”

Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.

 

What Are Those Hormones Doing to My Body? By Leslie Carol Botha

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What Are Those Hormones Doing to My Body? By Leslie Carol Botha

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The hormone cycle is a function of a highly evolved chemical feedback loop between the pituitary gland and the ovaries and uterus. Hormones are messengers and work on feedback loops that are dynamic. When the loops are interrupted – the messages become garbled.  Dr. Margarita Ochoa-Maya brings profound wisdom and insight to the importance of the symphonious hormone rhythm.

Balance is needed everywhere; in spiritual life, and in daily living. Balance is also necessary within the body.  When it comes to hormones, balance is key. When it comes to women’s hormones, estrogen is balanced by progesterone. The effect of one hormone offsets the effects of the other. Together they maintain an optimal balance in the body. Too much of one hormone or the other can lead to significant medical problems. Too much of a good thing can be bad; not enough is equally a pretty serious problem. But who is to say what enough is? Find out on Holy Hormones Honey!

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Endocrinologist – Dr. Margarita Ochoa-Maya

Within the broad area of internal medicine, preventive medicine, women’s health, adolescent health, and endocrinology, Dr. Ochoa-Maya has developed extensive interest in metabolism, the hormonal mechanisms of organ injury, the pathophysiology of hormones, obesity, hypertension and diabetes. She is a specialist in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a seriously under-diagnosed condition that affects millions of women world-wide. She is very interested in the interrelationships between the environment, a healthy diet, routine exercise, and illness, including physical, psychological, and emotional health.

Dr. Ochoa-Maya demonstrates her ongoing commitment to patient education by leading open discussions focusing on her areas of expertise and expands this commitment by actively participating in community activities that promote health literacy. Her main efforts are to understand and to help others acknowledge the influence hormones have on total health, happiness and physical appearance.

 

Leslie Carol Botha

Leslie Carol Botha, host of Holy Hormones on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, is a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.

Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how women’s hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.

Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”

Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.

Understanding Your Mind, Mood & Micronutrients

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Understanding Your Mind, Mood & Micronutrients

Listen live and on demand to Holy Hormones with host Leslie Carol Botha.

Date: August 15

Episode Title: Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Micronutrients: Setting the Stage

Date: August 22

Episode Title:  Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Micronutrients: Treatment Studies

 According to psychology researcher, Bonnie Kaplan, we are in a global mental illness epidemic. Indeed, scientists agree. In an article released July 24, 2013, Reuters reported that the rising costs of mental illness such as dementia, depression and addiction is overwhelming. Estimated costs of brain disorders in Britain alone are at more than $172 billion. Scientists are saying the same amount of funding is needed for research.

Bonnie Kaplan will say that independent peer-reviewed research on broad spectrum micronutrient treatment for mental disorders has already been conducted, and published.

Kaplan will be joining host Leslie Carol Botha for a two-part series on ‘Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Micronutrients’. In the first interview Kaplan will explain the social/historical context of how society got to this point. In the second interview she will focus on the empirical data (including treatment studies) that links mental illness to inadequate nutrient intake.

 

Guest Bio

Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Department of Paediatrics, Department of Community Health Sciences) at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Originally from Ohio, she did all her training in the U.S. (Univ of Chicago, Brandeis Univ) in experimental and physiological psychology. Her interest in the biological basis of behavior led to postdoctoral training and then faculty research in neurophysiology at the West Haven (CT) VA Hospital Neuropsychology Laboratory, and Yale University Department of Neurology, until she moved to Canada in 1979. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health – particularly, the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function. Her nutrition-related studies have focused on 1) broad spectrum micronutrient treatments for mental disorders, and 2) the effect of intrauterine nutrition on brain development and maternal mental health.  

Leslie Carol Botha

Leslie Carol Botha, host of Holy Hormones on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, is a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.

Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how women’s hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.

Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”

Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.

 

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